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Missing the Meaning

The Development and Use of Print and Non-Print Text Materials in Diverse School Settings

Editors: Peacock, A., Cleghorn, A. (Eds.)

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Missing the Meaning investigates recent evidence that school text materials are more problematic than previously imagined. Difficulties with language, illustrations, design and cultural mismatch are highlighted, and ways in which young students 'read' books and electronic materials in classrooms are compared through contributions from researchers across five continents. The book suggests new ways to develop and use text so that the materials are better matched to the diverse needs of teachers and students. The implications of this collection are wide, applying not only to teachers, but to teacher educators, educational publishers, software developers and policy makers.

About the authors

ALAN PEACOCK is Reader in Primary Science Education at the University of Exeter, UK.

AILIE CLEGHORN is Director of the Educational Studies Masters Program at Concordia University, USA.

Reviews

'This book is a rich and authoritative exploration of reading and learning in the context of primary science education. It takes the widest view of reading as the processing of text and non-text material whether teacher-made or published, computer-based as well as print-based. It reviews and extends what is known about the deficiencies of educational materials and provides reasons for the difficulties that learners have with these materials in terms of learning theory. I am sure that educators in all fields will find this book as absorbing as I have.' - Wynne Harlen, School of Education, University of Bristol

'The authors of this valuable collection of articles offer considerable insights and propose numerous possibilities for future generations of teachers to serve their classes just as effectively as I was served by one gifted teacher, one day, early in my life, when it mattered.' - Ted Wragg, School of Education, Exeter University

'Alan Peacock and Ailie Cleghorn's Missing the Meaning fills an important gap in the field. The authors have produced a highly readable work, which itself is an exemplar of good materials development that has been based on rigorous research practices.' - Dr. Christine Winberg, Peninsular Technikon, South Africa


Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-12

    Cleghorn, Ailie (et al.)

  • The Global and the Local in the Construction of School Science: The Case of Canada

    Pages 13-31

    McEneaney, Elizabeth H.

  • Text Processing Within Classroom Contexts

    Pages 33-46

    Donin, Janet

  • Community-Gardens and Science Laboratories as Texts for Science Literacy Development

    Pages 47-60

    Rahm, Jrene

  • What is a Science Text?: An Overview of Section One

    Pages 61-72

    Lewis, Catherine C.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Missing the Meaning
Book Subtitle
The Development and Use of Print and Non-Print Text Materials in Diverse School Settings
Editors
  • A. Peacock
  • A. Cleghorn
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8228-5
DOI
10.1057/9781403982285
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 270
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